UCI News

Bloomberg, June 27, 2017
Gorsuch Joins Thomas as Supreme Court’s New Conservative Anchor
Gorsuch probably will continue to vote frequently with Thomas, said Leah Litman, who teaches at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. Both justices read the Constitution with a focus on its original meaning and tend not to dwell on the practical implications of rulings. Gorsuch “is likely to resolve his cases on very formalistic legal reasoning and to articulate his positions very forcefully,” Litman said.

Fox News, June 27, 2017
Supreme Court tackles gay rights: Why Masterpiece Cakeshop case could rival Hobby Lobby decision
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, counters that the expressive activity comes from the customers.  “If I choose the words on my cake, I’m engaging in expression. The baker is simply putting my words on a cake.” Further, Chemerinsky notes that “even if this is about speech” that doesn’t mean the government can’t intercede.  And in this case, “the interest in preventing discrimination outweighs” other interests.  For instance, the baker would lose in court if he were “against interracial marriage and won’t bake a cake for an interracial couple.”

The Huffington Post, June 27, 2017
How ‘Harry Potter’ Saved Young Adult Fiction
Despite the challenges posed by Harry’s, and the “Harry Potter” books’, coming of age, Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, sees it as one of the series’ most powerful draws. “You don’t get a lot of those series such that the readers are growing up with the characters,” he pointed out.

Orange County Register, June 26, 2017
UCI cancer center receives $5 million gift
The donation came from members of the Chao family, who have given nearly $30 million for cancer care since the 1990s. The funds will create two endowed chairs for leukemia researchers, Dr. Richard Van Etten and Dr. Susan O’Brien, at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. The gift will also support research into blood cancers and cancers with hereditary links, UCI said.

Orange County Business Journal, June 26, 2017
Chao Family Gives UCI $5M
UC Irvine Health’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center said two new leukemia endowed research chairs would be named through a $5 million gift from the Chao family. The Chao siblings’ gift is also expected to go toward research into blood cancers and cancers with hereditary links. Future efforts will look at genetic links to cancer—such as how genetic mutations can lead to the disease and ways to spot potential conditions before symptoms appear.

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